consciousness of the general public. Books, television, and celebrity projects elevated architecture and design in the eyes of the American public. At the same time, I thought there needs to be a better understanding of the education,
training, and skill that goes into becoming a licensed interior designer. In 20 years, it seems people are less educated about interior design and even more confused than ever before. There are stagers and stylists, interior decorators, furniture sales specialists etc. -it's so muddy out there! It's no wonder the general public has no idea what the title professional "Interior Designer" means.
So here is my attempt at giving you, the consumer, the basic facts. Please study the following before you change careers, hire the local "designer" at the furniture store, or pick a college for your design degree.
By definition accoording to the NCIDQ
http://www.ncidq.org/AboutUs/AboutNCIDQ.aspx (National Council For Interior Design
" Interior design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are aesthetically attractive.
design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an
interior space that fulfills the project goals. Interior design includes a scope of services performed by a professional design practitioner, qualified by means of education, experience, and examination, to protect and enhance the health, life safety and welfare of the public. These services may include any or all of the following tasks:
The National Council for Interior Design Qualification
protects public health, safety and welfare by identifying interior designers who have the knowledge and experience to create interior spaces that are not just aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and safe.
The core purpose of NCIDQ is to protect the health, life safety and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design. An independent, nonprofit organization of state and provincial credentialing bodies, NCIDQ has issued professional certificates to competent interior design professionals since
1974. Interior designers who meet NCIDQ's eligibility requirements for education and experience and pass the
rigorous NCIDQ Examination are assigned a unique NCIDQ Certificate number that attests to their qualifications for employers, state regulators and the general public.
However, in the state of NC, where I currently live, there are no licensing qualifications. Anyone may call themselves an Interior Designer. It's difficult to elevate the profession of Interior Design when at the state level, it still remains an unclear topic.